Vanity Fair Is Latest Magazine to Reduce Scarlett Johansson Into a Sex Fantasy

Vanity Fair Is Latest Magazine to Reduce Scarlett Johansson Into a Sex Fantasy

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After Anthony Lane's New Yorker profile of Johansson got called out for creepy objectification, another storied magazine fetishizes the actress

Scarlett Johansson is a Tony winner who is receiving raves for her masterfully mysterious performance in Jonathan Glazer‘s art house alien film “Under the Skin,” but you might not know it from the recent run of press coverage she has received.

In March, Anthony Lane came under blistering criticism for writing a New  Yorker profile of the actress — based on a junket-style interview — that could hardly contain his enthusiasm for her sexual radiance… but did little else in terms of biographical advancement. With her story in this week's Vanity Fair, it seems that Lili Anolik is destined to receive a similar rebuke from media critics.

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When one encounters Johansson, Anolik writes, ”You become a man, even if you're not one. You gawk. You gape. You leer. But then, you're only doing what you're supposed to do, what she intends you to do. She's seducing the camera and thus, by extension, you, since you, again by extension, are on the other end of that camera. It's sex between intimates and it's sex between strangers. It's sex in public and it's sex in the mind. You can't resist her and she knows it without ever acknowledging that she knows it.”

One might question Anolik's mind-reading abilities, not to mention her read on Johansson's greater set of personal beliefs.

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“She treats the whole exchange, in fact, with a brisk nonchalance,” Anolik continues, “neither shrinking from the attention she's provoked nor making a big deal of it when it drops at her feet, just accepting it as it's her due, her birthright, which is how she proves that it's both.”

Vanity Fair has yet to release the rest of the profile — the excerpt is online until the full issue is released on April 10 — so perhaps there is more to the larger story; the magazine did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request to read the rest. Until then, however, it figures to receive quite a bit of criticism, in line with what its Conde Nast brethren sustained last month.

  • Fossil1944

    I am not sure why the criticism for pointing out Ms Johansson's head turning good looks. Whatever you know about her, the first thing you know is that she is a stunningly beautiful woman. Of course she is extremely talented, but that is not what makes you feel like a foolish school boy when you first set eyes on her.

  • Hello

    Hasn't she herself posted sex like photos of herself? Seems she likes it….

  • Ivan

    She's very adept at exploiting her looks. Like few who try this, she also has the acting ability to back it up.

  • MoiraB

    As a woman, as a writer, and as a fan of Ms. Johansson, who happens to be one of the smartest, most articulate interviews in Hollywood, I am VERY tired of the sexual objectification of her (and I roll my eyes and sigh – which is probably what Scarlett does, too — when I read such nonsense). Read Anolik's words above and replace Johansson with, I don't know, Brad Pitt or Robert Downey Jr. or even Channing Tatum – doesn't it sound ridiculous? They are “sexy” males, but the same drooling description applied to them in an article would just sound silly and fawning and tabloid-esque. Male actors tend to get asked questions about their projects and their plans and their techniques. Female actors get questions about their beauty routines and exercise regimens. It's time for this ancient trope to stop. I'm sorry to see a woman writer falling into the objectification trap when writing about another woman — and Vanity Fair, sadly, is becoming more and more the lurid tabloid of the major magazine world (they used to be much better). Creepy is the word.

    • Austexchili

      She isn't anywhere that she didn't want to be. You want to blame someone for the objectification of Johansson? Blame Johansson.

  • Nick

    Funny how the story calls out other articles but the first sentence in this is false.

    Johansson is not an Oscar nominee.